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Saturday, 13 November 2010

Review: KILLERS (2010)


From the look of the trailer and of course, the promotional poster itself, KILLERS is obviously an attempt to ape the success of action-romantic-comedy genre in the vein of TRUE LIES (1994) and MR. AND MRS. SMITH (2005). The good news is, this movie has its few charming moments with equally likable couples (Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl) and some rousing action sequences. The bad news is, it's hardly as successful as two aforementioned movies and also sad to say that KILLERS is just too lightweight to raise above its mediocrity.

The story goes like this: Jen Kornfeldt (Heigl) is a born loser when comes to romance. She has just recently dumped by her previous boyfriend, and she is now traveling to Nice with her overly-protective parents -- pilot father (Tom Selleck) and boozy mother (Catherine O'Hara) -- in hope for having a good time. And good time she has, as in the matter of short time, she meets a charmingly handsome and well-built Spencer (Kutcher) during an awkward first encounter inside the elevator of a luxurious hotel. It doesn't take long before they quickly fall in love against each other. But there's something Jen doesn't know about Spencer's real occupation -- he is actually a professional killer and spy. However, Spencer decides to call it a quit once he met Jen and hopes to start a normal life. Three years later, they are living a perfect dream of a happily-married couples, complete with their respective jobs and a lovely house in the suburbs. Too bad Spencer's past is catching up upon him when he finds out there's a $20-million bounty on his head and a lot of people wants him dead. What's worse is that the killers out there are mostly his friends, neighbors or acquaintances. Nevertheless, Spencer have no choice but to come clean with Jen while facing another set of problem where Jen suspects she might be pregnant.

Director Robert Luketic is best known for making comedies (2001's LEGALLY BLONDE, 2005's MONSTER-IN-LAW), and it is no surprise that the comedic element here is amusing enough to keep the viewers occupied. In the meantime, the transition between comedy and action genre is smoothly-paced, and it's also quite a surprise that Luketic does know how to orchestrate some entertaining set pieces without the resort of shaky-cam and tight close-ups mostly plagued by like-minded directors.

The cast, aside from Kutcher and Heigl, the rest of the supporting cast are equally hilarious as well. If only the story itself could do better than just laying out in a light breeze -- Bob DeRosa, T.M. Griffin and Melissa Stack's screenplay is mostly uninspired that also quickly runs out of steam and the ending is particularly a huge letdown.

Strictly for the undemanding.

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